The Chariton girls soccer team hosted Creston on Tuesday, April 19, and turned in an impressive 5-1 win over the Panthers. Senior forward, Jessica Boldyrev got her first of three goals after a Clara Stuart shot rebound off the post and Boldyrev was there to tap it in, giving Chariton a 1-0 lead.

Just four minutes later, another senior, Allyson McClure, found a loose ball and quickly put it into the back of the net. Stuart gave Chariton a 3-0 lead when she pounced on a Haylee Sonius pass across the middle to score. Boldyrev got her second goal with just two minutes left in the half when she dribbled a defender and went one-on-one with the Creston keeper, beating her with a nice pass into the goal. The Chargers took a 4-0 lead into the intermission.

Creston scored first in the second half, when Chariton was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty area. Chariton keeper, Brooklyn Collins made a terrific save to stop the penalty kick, but a Creston player was able to get to the rebound and tap it into an empty goal, making the score 4-1 in Chariton’s favor.

Boldyrev completed her hat-trick for the evening when she came on a break-away and hit a nice shot that beat the Creston keeper just inside the far post. This was Boldyrev’s second hat-trick in as many games.

Coach Dennis St. Lawrence commented, “Across the board, the first half of this game was the best half of soccer we have played all year. The girls spread the field well, played with intensity and worked well as a team. It is encouraging to see how they have developed thus far. Junior Abby Kopytko, played exceptionally, filling in at defender. Her hustle in stopping a Creston break-away showed great determination and a ‘never quit’ attitude that is great to see.”

The win brought the Chargers record to an even .500 for the season, at three wins and three losses. The Chargers will be on the road as they travel to Carlisle on Friday, April 30.